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American Stroke Association says there’s an alternative test better at finding potentially dangerous holes in the Heart

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – An alternative test for measuring blood flow to the brain detected a potentially dangerous hole within the heart of some patients with an unexplained stroke better than a standard test, according to late-breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

In addition, the transcranial Doppler test could differentiate the risk of future stroke or transient ischemic attack as related to the severity of the defect. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says Implanted Cardiac Monitor identifies Stroke risk better than traditional methods

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – A cardiac monitor about the size of a USB flash drive that’s implanted under the skin was six to seven times more likely to detect atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm that’s a risk factor for stroke, according to a science report presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

The monitor could help identify the 30 percent of ischemic strokes with no apparent cause.  Ischemic strokes are caused by a clot in a blood vessel in or near the brain. «Read the rest of this article»

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According to the American Stroke Association most people have access to stroke care, but few get recommended treatment

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Four out of five people in the United States live within an hour’s drive of a hospital equipped to treat acute stroke — yet very few get recommended treatment, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says new stroke outcome measures don’t consider stroke severity

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA - New measures that look at the quality of care provided by hospitals to stroke patients may wind up negatively affecting stroke care, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association said in a statement.

The stroke outcome measures, which profile hospital performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, look at whether patients die or were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. But they do not consider the stroke’s severity, even though that determination is essential to outcomes, said the AHA.

Hospitals caring for stroke patients should use a consistent standardized risk adjustment model.  (American Heart Association)

Hospitals caring for stroke patients should use a consistent standardized risk adjustment model. (American Heart Association)

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American Stroke Association says Cocaine greatly increases Stroke Risk within 24 hours of use

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CACocaine greatly increases stroke risk in young adults within 24 hours of use, much more than other risk factors according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Cocaine users were six to seven times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke within 24 hours of using the drug, and the effect existed across different ethnicities, researchers wrote.

Cocaine use increases stroke risk. (American Heart Association)

Cocaine use increases stroke risk. (American Heart Association)

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American Stroke Association says Weather changes may be linked to Stroke Hospitalizations, Death Rates

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Stroke hospitalization and death rates may rise and fall with outdoor temperature and dew points, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Researchers studied a sample of 134,510 people who were 18 or older when admitted to hospitals in 2009-10 for ischemic stroke — a stroke caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow in or near the brain. They then obtained temperature and dew point data during that period. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says Vaccines may lower Kids’ Stroke Risk

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Routine vaccinations may reduce the higher risk of stroke in children that is associated with common infections, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014 in San Diego.

In a large, international study, researchers are examining the link between infections and ischemic stroke – those caused by a clot blocking blood flow in or near the brain. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association reports Sleep Apnea more common in people with Stroke-related Brainstem Injuries

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – People whose strokes affected their brainstems had a significantly higher prevalence of sleep apnea than those whose stroke affected other parts of the brain, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Sleep apnea is marked by interrupted breathing during sleep and can lead to serious health problems including heart disease and stroke. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association reports awareness, response key for Stroke in Children

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Parents and healthcare professionals must be aware that children can have strokes and be prepared to respond to symptoms, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

As in adults, warning signs of stroke in children are: sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg; sudden difficulty in speaking; sudden problems in seeing; sudden difficulty walking; dizziness; or sudden onset of headache.

Think FAST

Think FAST

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snaps image of new impact Crater on Mars

 

Written by Guy Webster
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Space rocks hitting Mars excavate fresh craters at a pace of more than 200 per year, but few new Mars scars pack as much visual punch as one seen in a NASA image released today.

The image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a crater about 100 feet (30 meters) in diameter at the center of a radial burst painting the surface with a pattern of bright and dark tones.

A dramatic, fresh impact crater dominates this image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Nov. 19, 2013.

A dramatic, fresh impact crater dominates this image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Nov. 19, 2013.

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